New email and calendaring service delivers unmatched security
controls and built-in support for Microsoft Outlook and mobile email
clients – all with the trusted reliability and performance of the AWS
Customers can sign up for the preview today
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2015--
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN),
today announced Amazon WorkMail, a secure, managed business email and
calendaring service in the cloud. Amazon WorkMail enables users to send
and receive email, manage contacts, share calendars, and book resources
using the same email applications they use today (Microsoft Outlook,
their Web browser, or their native iOS and Android email applications)
without buying and managing hardware or licensing expensive and complex
email server software. Amazon WorkMail integrates with existing
corporate directories, and has the security features enterprises need to
control and protect their data. In short order, customers can quickly
begin provisioning Amazon WorkMail accounts, and pay only for the
mailboxes they create with simple, monthly pricing. For more information
about Amazon WorkMail, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/workmail.
Today, businesses face a difficult choice when it comes to email.
Hosting email on-premises requires expensive hardware, complex software
licensing, and ongoing maintenance work. Existing cloud email services
may help with some of these problems, but they either don’t offer the
security features businesses require (like strong encryption key
management and full control over data location), don’t integrate with
existing corporate directories, or don’t support popular Microsoft
Outlook features like shared calendaring. Now, Amazon WorkMail delivers
the simplicity and on-demand access of a managed cloud service that
works with popular email clients and also has the security controls
enterprises need. Amazon WorkMail eliminates the need for customers to
purchase and license email servers and handle the ongoing patching,
back-up, and upgrades involved in maintaining these systems. It is fully
compatible with Microsoft Outlook, and customers can quickly integrate
Amazon WorkMail with their existing corporate directory, choose
encryption keys, select the location where they want their data to
reside, and pay only for the mailboxes they create.
“Customers have repeatedly asked us for a business email and calendaring
service that is more cost-effective and simpler to manage than their
on-premises solution, more secure than the cloud-based offerings
available today, and that is backed by the same best-in-class
infrastructure platform on which they’re reliably running so many of
their current (and future) workloads,” said Peter De Santis, Vice
President, AWS Compute Services. “We built Amazon WorkMail to address
these requests and to help businesses achieve agility and cost savings
by letting AWS manage the non-differentiated heavy lifting involved in
corporate email and calendaring.”
Amazon WorkMail delivers the following benefits to IT administrators:
Reduced complexity and cost: With Amazon WorkMail, there is no
need to buy servers, manage complicated software and the associated
licenses, or deal with upgrades, patches, and back-up systems.
Customers simply pay for the mailboxes they create.
Security and privacy controls: Unlike other cloud-based email
services, Amazon WorkMail allows customers to retain full control over
the location of their data by choosing the AWS Region where their data
is stored. All data in transit is encrypted using industry-standard
SSL, and Amazon WorkMail is integrated with the AWS Key Management
Service so that customers control their own encryption keys. Amazon
WorkMail enforces security policies that businesses specify for users’
mobile devices via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol.
Businesses can require device encryption, require that devices lock,
specify requirements for device password strength, and wipe devices
remotely using the AWS Management Console.
Corporate directory integration: Administrators can integrate
Amazon WorkMail with their existing Microsoft Active Directory so that
users can access their mailboxes with their existing corporate
credentials. Amazon WorkMail includes a migration tool that
administrators can use to migrate mailboxes from on-premises email
servers to Amazon WorkMail. After migration, users’ Microsoft Outlook
and mobile email clients can automatically connect to Amazon WorkMail
using Microsoft Outlook’s Autodiscover feature.
Amazon WorkMail delivers the following benefits to users:
Microsoft Active Directory compatibility: Microsoft Outlook
users sign into Amazon WorkMail through their Microsoft Outlook email
client using their existing corporate credentials.
Access from any device: For desktop users, Amazon WorkMail
works with Microsoft Outlook or can be accessed through a feature-rich
Web client on the most popular browsers, including Chrome, Firefox,
and Internet Explorer. Additionally, Amazon WorkMail works with
any mobile device that supports the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
protocol, including iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Fire Phone, Android,
and Windows Phone.
Integration with Amazon WorkDocs (formerly Amazon Zocalo):
Users of the Amazon WorkMail Web client can share and collaborate on
documents using Amazon WorkDocs from within Amazon WorkMail.
About Amazon Web Services
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services offers a robust, fully featured
technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set
of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment
services from data center locations in the U.S., Australia, Brazil,
China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. More than a million
customers, including fast-growing startups, large enterprises, and
government agencies across 190 countries, rely on AWS services to
innovate quickly, lower IT costs and scale applications globally. To
learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is
guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor
focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and
long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized
recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct
Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of
the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
Source: Amazon Web Services, Inc.
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